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matsteiner Envato team says

Is there an option for you to keep the same job, but work only one day instead of two? :)

Hi Sam! I think this would be great for you. If you invest one day a week for AJ, you are talented enough that you may make enough money without having a too big risk or having less fun by collecting coins ;-)
Consider that i am not experienced on AJ either, cause i started selling even a month later than you….
I wish you some wisdom and a lot of good luck!!

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SoundFix says


Is there an option for you to keep the same job, but work only one day instead of two? :)
Hi Sam! I think this would be great for you. If you invest one day a week for AJ, you are talented enough that you may make enough money without having a too big risk or having less fun by collecting coins ;-)
Consider that i am not experienced on AJ either, cause i started selling even a month later than you….
I wish you some wisdom and a lot of good luck!!

Hey Mat, first of all, thanks for your kind words! Yeah this would be the best way to do it I agree, it’s just that the person who’s job I took over left because they didn’t want to work all weekend (the company didn’t want him to work just 1 day), so I’m pretty sure they would rather have me leave than just work one day. But I think I will ask anyway and in the mean time I am looking for a new job :)

You’re a great example of how hard work pays off on AJ Mat, even after a short amount of time, keep up the awesome work! :D

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matsteiner Envato team says

Well Sam, thanks! After listening your new track on AJ, i think i can hear some more Ukulele and Glockenspiel than coins….if you know what i mean… :-)
Translation: You better do at least work one day / week for AJ than doing any other job… well, it’s a risk, yes, but a chance too…! I hope you for you that you’ll find a way for working a bit less to free up some time for AJ!
Cheers, Mat

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SoundFix says

Well Sam, thanks! After listening your new track on AJ, i think i can hear some more Ukulele and Glockenspiel than coins….if you know what i mean… :-)
Translation: You better do at least work one day / week for AJ than doing any other job… well, it’s a risk, yes, but a chance too…! I hope you for you that you’ll find a way for working a bit less to free up some time for AJ!
Cheers, Mat

Thanks for your words of advice dude, I’m really tempted to just quit my job and work all weekend on AJ tracks but some family and friends are saying it’s a bad idea because there is no guarantee or hourly rate as you get with a ‘real’ job. I totally agree, it is a chance, and an exciting one! My plan is to ask to only work one day at my coin job and if they say they need me for two then I will get another job to free some time for AJ :)

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just-in-case says

I would quit and therefore be able to do what I love the most even more! =) Be more creative, train on your basic skills etc. And also be able to provide more of your awesome stuff =)

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jhunger says

I’ve given a lot of thought to this for my personal circumstances. I have a day job (not music related) along with a family, and therefore can scrape together very few hours per week to spend on music. I usually turn away freelance work unless it’s related to supporting existing RF pieces because I just don’t have time. If I do the math, the 5-8 hours or so I spend making stock tracks end up equating to more $$ per hour than software engineering, actually about twice as much. However, I don’t think I’ll quit my day job anytime soon, because:

1. It’s largely dependent on the stability of somebody else’s web site – All of this income banks on the fact that the stock sites I sell on will continue to exist in the same form they’re in now. At any point, any one of these sites could disappear, or be bought out by some bigger company that buries it or changes the rules, etc. Or, a big search engine change comes in and sales get cut in half, etc. There’s too much I don’t have control over.

2. It’s dependent on an industry that’s going through a lot of change – Stock music has been a good revenue stream but there are a lot of players entering it along with a lot of authors. Who knows what it’s going to be like in 1 year, or 5, or 10?

3. Although I have some evidence that the more songs you post, the more revenue you make, does this scale forever? For instance, if I was able to add 40 hours per week and make that many more songs, would my hourly rate stay the same?

4. In the US at least, leaving your company means leaving your benefits, and giving yourself a nice big monthly insurance bill. I have lots of opinions about this that I won’t share here, but in the meantime it’s a huge factor when deciding to go into business for yourself.

Because I’m risk averse, and it’s not just me I have to be concerned about, I’ve given myself certain goals before I consider this. Pay off the house completely. Make sure my daughter’s college education is paid for completely (again, for those of you outside the US, even state schools here are outlandishly expensive – I’m accounting for at least 30,000 USD / year in 2020). Have 2 years worth of living expenses saved up.

Also, I doubt that it would be wise to just bank on stock music entirely, so if I ever made this leap it would also have to include freelance as well as other revenue streams (renting out my studio/equipment, live gigs, etc.).

So to put this all in a nutshell, my (conservative) advice would be to at least keep the job until you’ve got enough saved up so that you can have a few months to dedicate to music without starving or being kicked out onto the street. Or worse, selling all your equipment to make ends meet.

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SoundFix says

I would quit and therefore be able to do what I love the most even more! =) Be more creative, train on your basic skills etc. And also be able to provide more of your awesome stuff =)

I wish it was that simple haha :)

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SoundFix says

I’ve given a lot of thought to this for my personal circumstances. I have a day job (not music related) along with a family, and therefore can scrape together very few hours per week to spend on music. I usually turn away freelance work unless it’s related to supporting existing RF pieces because I just don’t have time. If I do the math, the 5-8 hours or so I spend making stock tracks end up equating to more $$ per hour than software engineering, actually about twice as much. However, I don’t think I’ll quit my day job anytime soon, because:

1. It’s largely dependent on the stability of somebody else’s web site – All of this income banks on the fact that the stock sites I sell on will continue to exist in the same form they’re in now. At any point, any one of these sites could disappear, or be bought out by some bigger company that buries it or changes the rules, etc. Or, a big search engine change comes in and sales get cut in half, etc. There’s too much I don’t have control over.

2. It’s dependent on an industry that’s going through a lot of change – Stock music has been a good revenue stream but there are a lot of players entering it along with a lot of authors. Who knows what it’s going to be like in 1 year, or 5, or 10?

3. Although I have some evidence that the more songs you post, the more revenue you make, does this scale forever? For instance, if I was able to add 40 hours per week and make that many more songs, would my hourly rate stay the same?

4. In the US at least, leaving your company means leaving your benefits, and giving yourself a nice big monthly insurance bill. I have lots of opinions about this that I won’t share here, but in the meantime it’s a huge factor when deciding to go into business for yourself.

Because I’m risk averse, and it’s not just me I have to be concerned about, I’ve given myself certain goals before I consider this. Pay off the house completely. Make sure my daughter’s college education is paid for completely (again, for those of you outside the US, even state schools here are outlandishly expensive – I’m accounting for at least 30,000 USD / year in 2020). Have 2 years worth of living expenses saved up.

Also, I doubt that it would be wise to just bank on stock music entirely, so if I ever made this leap it would also have to include freelance as well as other revenue streams (renting out my studio/equipment, live gigs, etc.).

So to put this all in a nutshell, my (conservative) advice would be to at least keep the job until you’ve got enough saved up so that you can have a few months to dedicate to music without starving or being kicked out onto the street. Or worse, selling all your equipment to make ends meet.

Thanks for sharing your experience dude, a lot of information there! I don’t have the same responsibilities as you but I do need some income. My plan is to just work less hours at my job job, because I don’t need £100 a week and spend the spared hours on music :)

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PaBlikMM says

I think that everyone here on AJ want to compose music as a regular job …

Just one thing – i did it for several years as a freelance. I wrote music for film companies, solo singers, bands, dramatic production etc. and guess know what happened?

I started to hate to compose music :( Its really simple – you are enjoying it till you´re writing music you like, but if you want to do it as you regular job – i mean pay all the bills with you music … that was a road to hell! Customers want more music for less money, they want always hollywood production for just a bit more money than for free :D My english is not good but i hope you can understand me … and yes, its a business relation between you and customer – but we ´re selling creative work and that´s a bit different from butter and milk :) LOL

The main impulse and motivation with we started to writing music is that we LOVE it and we can´t live without to be creative and until we LOVE it we can write some special pieces …

I think that most of the top authors here on AJ will disagree with me … but we´re already on start – will see what happen :)

I find music stocks like AJ very helpful to get you music heard and earn some money. And its not only about the money its also about it that someone likes you music or find your music helpful so much that its worth for him to pay for it. :)

Keep on rocking and make some great music! ALL OF US!

CHA!

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